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    gordongull wrote:
    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    gordongull wrote:
    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    gordongull wrote: I caught the commentary for your match on Saturday, and the recovery looks to be just about complete. (I accept that a number of you aren't concerned with what other clubs are doing). There is always a dillemma about what result would be most favourable, and I was surprised at some favouring a Blackpool win for last night. Westham still have to play the four sides occupying the play-off places, plus those directly below, so surely it is to Saints advantage for them to win all those matches. This would help to keep the pack at a distance,and as long as you take care of business, a top two position is more likely. This has got to be better than leading the division by a short margin, with the pack, (including Westham), snapping at your heels. It would also generate a separate contest with Westham for the title. I am hoping for plenty of draws involving the chasing pack. Not tonight though!
    0 0 was the best result for us I am thinking, Mr Carl Berry can't have read the bit in the script where Brighton are gifted a last minute winner!
    There is nothing lucky about these late goals, OSPREYSAINT. We grind teams down by passing the ball and tiring the opposition out, so we know we are going to get chances towards the end. It didn't quite happen today, and I wouldn't feel comfortable about Carl Berry knocking one in for us :)
    I said gifted not lucky!
    Probably something to do with them being gifted players!
    Like Dunks keepy uppy skills?"
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Rivals' wins make it tight for Saints at the top of the Championship table

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

SAINTS cannot afford to take their foot off the gas in their chase for Premier League promotion after their rivals turned up the pressure on them yet again.

Nigel Adkins, pictured, saw his side knocked back down to second place in the Championship last night as West Ham secured a thumping 4-1 win at Blackpool – and that despite having to play midfielder Henri Lansbury in goal for 35 minutes after Robert Green’s second half sending off.

Blackpool’s defeat was the only crumb of comfort that could be salvaged from the midweek results on a night where other results also intensified the heat on Saints ahead of their trip to Watford at the weekend.

Birmingham extended their unbeaten streak to 15 matches with a 3-1 win at Barnsley and Middlesbrough crept back into the automatic promotion places at Blackpool’s expense after a 3-1 win at Millwall.

All but one of the teams around Saints have games in hand which means the table could look even tighter in a few weeks from now.

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